I noticed that many beauty products these days are promoted as containing Shea Butter.Â Face creams, hand creams,Â foot creams, body wash, hair conditioners, the list is exhaustive.
For those who don’t know, Shea Butter is theÂ beige colored creamy solidÂ oil extracted from the fruit of the Shea tree and contains naturally occurring vitamin A and vitamin E as well as complex fatty acids andÂ is known for its emollient and moisturizing properties.Â In fact, my impression is that this is a very rich ingredient.Â I didn’t know that it is also edible.
However, my question is,Â doesÂ this stuffÂ work for our skin?
The answer seems to depend on whether we are able to get our hands onÂ pure unrefined Shea Butter.Â Because if we do, then it can apparentlyÂ help promote regeneration of damaged skin cells and is really good forÂ healing problematic skinÂ conditions such asÂ eczema, rashes,Â very dryÂ skin,Â chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles plus even scars andÂ burns.
However, many of those available in the market are cosmetic grade Shea Butter which means, they’re refined and treated with chemicalsÂ as well asÂ preservatives and have lost some if not all of their natural properties.Â
And then there is also the issue that once Shea Butter is aged or has lost its natural integrity, many of these wonderful benefits are also gone.
This is what I found out by reading 21 reasons to use Shea Butter at American Shea Butter Institute.Â And to find out what is really 100% pure unrefined Shea Butter, here’s what they say:
At room temperature, premium Shea Butter is a soft uniformly beige colored creamy solid that readily melts in the hands and is quickly absorbed by the skin….Shea Butter is not green, gray, dark brown or white. Shea products with these colors are modified substitutes sometimes bearing the name 100% Shea Butter. Furthermore, pure, natural Shea Butter has a characteristic smell.
I remember smelling pureÂ natural Shea Butter and itÂ is erm, not exactly appealing.Â I haven’t tried spreadingÂ on my body but I was informed that the smell will be fully absorbedÂ by the skinÂ leaving no fragrance after 10 or 20 minutes.
So ifÂ you’re in the market for Shea Butter goodness for your skin, and the so-called 100% pure Shea Butter smells good, then you might not be getting the real stuff.Â